Pete Hamill interviews Irish Times columnist, celebrated American sports writer, and long-time friend George Kimball on boxing and writing, Monday, April 11, 2011 at 7 pm, Glucksman Ireland House, NYU.
George Kimball spent 25 years as a sports columnist for The Boston Herald, and for the past 14 years has authored the popular “America at Large” column for The Irish Times. His widely acclaimed Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing was named among the best sports books of 2008 by Sports Illustrated, the American Library Association’s Booklist, and National Public Radio’s “Only A Game,” as well as by The Irish Times.
Last month saw the publication of At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing, which Kimball edited for the Library of America with his colleague John Schulian, and for which Colum McCann wrote the foreword.
This month brought the publication by McBooks Press of Manly Art: They can run but they can’t hide, a wide-ranging collection of his boxing journalism from The Irish Times, ESPN.com, Boxing Digest, and the website TheSweetScience.com.
“A knockout of a collection. Some of the finest boxing writing – or sports writing, period – I’ve ever encountered.” — Dennis Lehane
“A superior anthology. While it’s very much about boxing, it’s also about race and class and competition and confrontation and the beauties of the national vernacular. It lands very near the heart of the American experience.” — Luc Sante
Introduction: Pete Hamill